When should you tell your boss that you are pregnant?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2020 | Employment law

While finding out that you are pregnant can cause many joyful emotions, it can also be a source of anxiety. This is especially true if you are working. Sooner or later, you are going to have to inform your boss that you are pregnant so that you can arrange for maternity leave and other accommodations.

Some women believe that it is easier to have this conversation as early in pregnancy as possible. On the other hand, some women prefer not to inform anyone of their pregnancy until after the third trimester, when 80% of miscarriages take place. CNN discusses some factors that may influence your decision about when to inform your boss of your pregnancy.

Relationship with your boss

As difficult as it can be to inform your boss that you are pregnant, it can be even more difficult to tell him or her about a miscarriage. On the other hand, if your boss does not know of your pregnancy and you do miscarry, you may not receive sympathy when you ask for time off to recover.

Ultimately, your decision on when to tell your boss that you are pregnant may depend on the personal relationship between the two of you. If you have the sort of relationship that would make you comfortable talking about your miscarriage with your boss, you can have the conversation early on. Otherwise, you may want to wait until the first trimester is over at 13 to 14 weeks.

Perceptions of others

Sometimes when women do not tell anyone at work that they are pregnant until they start showing, others perceive them as stand-offish or dishonest, as though they had something to hide. Telling your boss, and possibly your co-workers, before your pregnancy becomes evident is an expression of trust and may positively affect the way others perceive you.

Regardless of when you inform your boss of your pregnancy, you still have the right to request reasonable accommodations for the duration.